Environmental management

The Gran Canaria AIrport has implemented an Environmental Management System that identifies all aspects that have a significant impact on the environment.

Gran Canaria airport, in keeping with Aena's environmental quality polity, has made every possible effort, both in technical and economical terms, as well as with its human resources, to reduce a much as possible the environmental impact of its activities and contribute towards improving and conserving the environment. These efforts are reflected by the implementation of an Environment Management System, certified in January 2004 by the international ISO 14001 standard.

Significant actions

Gran Canaria airport has carried out numerous actions and investments over recent years in an effort to respect and care for the environment. The following are some of the most important:

  • Prevention of land and water pollution through the construction of a modern training field, enabling the collection of waste water generated during the training sessions of the Rescue and Fire Fighting Service.
  • Improvements to the purifying plant infrastructures through the installation of a system to remove solids from aircraft sewage.
  • Reduction in water consumption through the reuse of recycled water for garden irrigation.
  • Use of low-consumption lighting in the aircraft apron lighting system.
  • Installation of selective segregation containers for solid waste in the passenger terminal and its collection by an authorised company.
  • Replacement of halon gas, used to extinguish fires, in the Data Processing Centre (DPC).
  • Cleaning of air conditioning pipes and equipment in the inter-island flights terminal area.


2000 palm trees have been planted on the airport site to complete a palm grove of 3500 trees. The number of plants forming the natural barrier of marine pine trees (local Canary Island casuarina pines) has also increased. This barrier contributes towards stopping the advance of the dunes - both in the north and in the south - while serving as a noise barrier for neighbouring populations.

Fauna control

As well as the actions to preserve, care for and promote local flora, the airport has a Fauna Control Service with 16 specimens of birds of prey, including 13 different species of falcons, two Harris and one goshawk, which primarily keep any birds that may pose a danger during aircraft landing and takeoff operations away from the runway. This service also contributes towards the permanence and development of the ancient art of falconry.